Angie Thomas’ On the Come up was released this month and is her second novel, following the success of The Hate U Give. On the Come Up returns to Garden Heights and follows the story of 16-year-old music lover, Bri who wants to became a great rapper. But, as the daughter of an underground rap legend who died before he made it big, she’s got big shoes to fill if she’s going to make it in the music world.
Another powerful coming-of-age story from Angie Thomas about freedom of speech and hip-hop, obviously, one of the book’s main themes is music. After numerous questions and requests for a Spotify playlist to accompany the book, Thomas finally revealed on Twitter that an On the Come Up playlist has been created on the music streaming site.
To accompany Angie Thomas’ book about a young battle rapper, the playlist features well-known rap artists including; Nas, Kendrick Lamar, Cardi B, Eminem, Drake, and 2pac – whose quote about THUG LIFE inspired the name of Thomas’ début novel, The Hate U Give.
“The Hate U – the letter U – Give Little Infants Fucks Everybody. T-H-U-G L-I-F-E. Meaning what society gives us as youth, it bites them in the ass when we wild out.”